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Episode 23: Paint Prep

Episode 23: Paint Prep And.....we're back! Hey guys, so sorry for the delay in new episodes over the last month or so. We've all been super busy throughout the start of the summer. RaceTech moving into new offices, Jarred & Brady working on new bikes, it all adds up.  So finally we're covering Paint Prep, a topic we've been asked about before.  Our paint guru Brady Young covers most of the steps for paint prep, and Jared and Evan bring up some good questions.  We also cover some recent emails and questions at the end. Prep notes for this show:

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Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review

Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review Awhile back, we posted this article after a listener told us about Jim March's "How to Build a Cafe Racer" guide. We skimmed through it, but never really went over it in detail or discussed it.  After we all read the document in depth we saw it had some really good points to discuss. Make sure to download the document below and follow along to the podcast with it. Jim March's Cafe Racer Guide (PDF) We'd like to mention that all credit for this document goes to Jim March. He definitely put alot of work into compiling all this information. In this show we are using his advice as talking points to discuss, and we are not criticizing him or saying he is wrong. You are listening to our opinions on his opinions! Jim has a link in his document to tip him if you found the document helpful, but the WePay link does not work any longer. His email is in the document and it sounds like he welcomes feedback. So, what do you think?

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Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering

  Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering If you're a couple episodes behind, you don't want to miss this one! We met Ed Sorbo, owner of Lindeman Engineering at Deus Ex Machina's Saturday School event in April. Ed had a booth at Saturday School and was leading excellent suspension seminars that drew a crowd every time.  We were very excited to have him join us on the show and talk in depth about suspension. Note: this is our first show recording a remote guest via Skype. There are a few sound quality issues due to our old computer hardware. We'll be upgrading soon to be able to record remote guests with much better quality. Make sure to contact Ed at Lindeman Engineering for any of your suspension needs! Make sure to tell him you heard his Motorbike Mondays episode. Lindemann Engineering 700 East Redlands Blvd. Ste U Box 410 Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 838-4587 ed@le-suspension.com

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Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2

Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2 Episode 20 continues with Part 2 of our series on Top End Rebuilds. We pick up where we left off after describing disassembly of your motor to prepare for a top end rebuild. This episode covers the tools necessary to rebuild your top end and the steps to prepare your motor for final reassembly. It's recommended you have listened to Episode 19 before starting this show. Notes for this episode: Assembly Piston skirt scoring: Debris between cylinder and piston Motor ran hard before at operating temperature Rebore Will discuss next episode Pistons Thoroughly clean piston ring grooves, if using same pistons Install new piston rings in appropriate orientation While installing piston to connecting rod, be aware of piston orientation mark on top of piston Slide wrist pin through piston and connecting rod and insert wrist pin clip Deglazing/honing: Adding a surface for the new rings to break in Oil the cylinder wall thoroughly and tool With triton hone or ball hone on drill move tool up and down through cylinder at a constant quick motion Remove tool out of cylinder whilst still in motion Removing old gaskets: Gasket scraper Razorblade Scotchbrite pad on

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Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1

Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1 Episode 19 is part 1 in our series about rebuilding the top end of your motor. This episode will cover disassembly of your top end, and goes over the important components of the motor top end as well. Make sure to listen to Part 1 before moving onto the new Episode 20, part 2 of Top End Rebuilds. Check out the notes below for the important points to follow. Episode 19 Outline/Notes: What is a Top End? The top end of a motor is anything from the cylinders and up Why? To replace worn or damaged parts Performance upgrades Burning oil She's just tired Engine in or out? Not all bikes require you to remove the motor from the bike May be easier to rebuild it on a workbench Where to start? Remove gas tank Remove air intake and carburetors Remove exhaust Remove cables (clutch cable, tach cable) Drain fluids (oil, coolant) Disconnect battery Remove spark plugs and wires If it's connected to the motor, disconnect or remove it Removing the head: Check manual for proper process to relieve pressure off of valve train Remove cam(s), rockers, or cam followers Remove head bolts/nuts Remove heads Removing valve springs and valves: With the appropriate valve sprin

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Whats in the Shop?

Some pics from Brady’s Whats in the Shop update.

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    Chris Jackson

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    I found your podcast just a little late. I bought a 78 honda ct185 basket case. It turns over and has some compression but is missing enough to make it a little hard to start. Is this bike in restored condition worth anything or should I just paint over the rust and try to make it a fun driver. I am nearing 70 and don’t need a rocket. I have gone from a 51 Vellocette in the 60’s to a CT 90 last year with many years (30) bikeless. Thanks for any info on this bike. Chris

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    Evan

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    Hey Chris, it’s never too late. You can always download the shows and keep listening. The CT185 sounds cool, don’t see those too often. Have you run a compression test on the motor? It is probably not a super valuable bike, but depending on what you bought it for it could be worth the money to fix. My tendency would be to make a fun driver out of it rather than restore. We’ll discuss it and mention the bike on next weeks show. Send us some pictures of the 51 Vellocette! Thanks, Evan

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      Chris Jackson

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      Thanks for the reply. No pictures of Vellocette. Loaned it to brother in about 1963. He loaned it to a friend and to a friend, and as this all occurred in S.F. in the 60’s nobody can remember where it ended up. To many organic smokes. I was in the Navy at that time. It was a rigid frame flat tracker 500 cc single used at Ascot speedway I think.

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        Chris Jackson

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        I was wondering why you knew little about my 78 Honda CT185. My age is showing. It is a CM185T. A Twinstar. Could I put scrambler pipes on this bike? I always liked that look. Thanks.

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          Evan

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          Hey Chris,
          I’m familiar with the CM185 Twinstar, but no expert on them. I would think you could adapt some scrambler high pipes off of a CL model. Probably going to take some work, but it could be done.

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    mike conte

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    Nice work, guys.

    For your episode on buying a used bike, I didn’t hear anything about checking for bent frames. Is that because it’s not a problem? I’ve heard many horror stories of subtly bent frames and also heard not worth fixing. Your POV?

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    Evan

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    Hey Mike, Thanks for the comment. No we didn’t mention bent frames. I’ll ask the other guys about it, but to be honest I’ve never once encountered that over years of buying all types of bikes. We’ll discuss it tonight on the next show.

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    Zack R

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    Hey, so I was looking at the seaweed and gravel website and noticed a beauty of a bike, its the white cb550 called the quick build and I was wondering how much it would cost to commission you guys to make something like that and how much would it cost if I did it myself. If you had any numbers like that? Thanks.

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      Evan

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      Hey Zack, listen to Episode 8 we just posted a couple days ago. We discuss your questions about that CB550.

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    Peter Picchi

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    Any episodes on shortening forks? I’ve noticed your builds have short forks and I’ve been dying to know!

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      Evan

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      Hey Peter,
      listen to Episode 8. At the start we discuss shortening forks and lowering the front end. Should answer your question.

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